Report: Broadcom leads in Wi-Fi chip design wins

A new report pegs Broadcom as leading in Wi-Fi chip design wins, and says its chips are in as many as 50 million Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) products alone.

"Broadcom is the clear leader in 802.11 product offerings and design wins, especially with regard to 802.11n (and) its integrated Wi-Fi/BT/FM (chip) is a clear winner in the mobile space," said the report from UBM TechInsights.

Broadcom's design wins include multiple Apple products, including the latest versions of the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It also has wins in as many as five HTC handsets and routers from both Netgear and Linksys.

Marvell's Wi-Fi chips were designed into the original iPhone and the iPhone 3G, but it lost business to rival Broadcom in the newer models. Marvell, however, expanded its wins with the Amazon Kindle, Sony Playstation 3 and PSP handheld game device and as many as six smartphones from Research in Motion, the report said.

Atheros, which is being acquired by Qualcomm, has most of its Wi-Fi chips in access points and adapter cards. While Texas Instruments has won business with a number of handsets from HTC, Motorola, RIM and Sony-Ericsson, UBM TechInsights' teardowns have yet to find any of TI's 802.11n chips in devices launched last year.

For more:
- see this EE Times article

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